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Women and homelessness briefing

A short paper on the scale and nature of women's homelessness in England, the support available, and areas for further development.

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Young and homeless 2014

Our fourth annual Young & Homeless report explores the reasons young people become homeless, the support available to them, and areas that need to be improved.

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Downloads for Picture the Change: repeat homelessness in Brighton

As part of the Picture the Change programme, this qualitative research project is based on 29 in-depth interviews with clients using homelessness services in Brighton during August and September 2014.

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'Needs to know' Research 2013

Produced by St Mungo’s Broadway and Homeless Link this 2014 audit of Health and Wellbeing Boards looks at whether the health needs of homeless people are being included in the planning and commissioning of healthcare services.

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The unhealthy state of homelessness: Health audit results 2014

The unhealthy state of homelessness report explores the health and wellbeing of homeless people in England and the support that is available to them. 

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Support for Single Homeless People in England 2014

Our 2014 annual review of the sector looks at the capacity, support and services available to homeless people, as well as funding and changes to provision. 

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No second night out across England 2014

The No Second Night Out standard aims to ensure rough sleepers are helped off the streets as quickly as possible. Adopted by councils accross England, this report looks whether No Second Night Out services are working.

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#Nobodyout report on 12 months of StreetLink 2013

This short document sets out  the reasons StreetLink was launched and the outcomes of the first 12 months.

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A high cost to pay 2013: Impact of benefit sanctions

Our 2013 research into sanctions and homeless people indicated that clients of homelessness services are at greater risk of being sanctioned. It found a third of homeless people on Job Seekers Allowance had had benefits reduced or stopped, which is disproportionately higher than the general population.

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No Excuses - preventing homelessness for the next generation 2013

Freedom of Information responses from 216 councils suggests that all too many homeless teenagers are not having their needs properly assessed and are being housed in unsuitable accommodation. 

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No where to move 2013

After the Government made a change to the Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR) – the level of Housing Benefit that applies to single people in the private rented sector. This report examines data taken from 55,537 property listings in London to assess the impact of this change.

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Annual survey of needs and provision 2008-2013

Homeless Link published the annual Survey of Needs and Provision (SNAP) from 2008 to 2013. Each report is based upon telephone interviews with several hundred services and provides key evidence on the changing characteristics of homeless people and their support needs.

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Personally speaking: Review of personalised services for rough sleepers 2013

This report reviews five projects using personalised approaches to support long-term rough sleepers with complex problems.  It examines the effectiveness of this approach and what other homeless services can learn.

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How prepared are councils for welfare reform? 2013

Findings from interviews with 42 local authorities into their readiness for Welfare Reform. 

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Who is supporting people now? 2013

With services that support people out of homelessness under pressure from reduced funding and increased demand, we carried out this research to understand the impact of funding reductions and the experiences of local authorities and service providers after changes to the way councils commission services.

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Young and homeless 2013

Our third annual report on youth homelessness published in January 2014 found young homeless people are still facing many challenges but that progress is being made.

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Improving hospital admission and discharge for people who are homeless 2012

This report draws together the direct experiences of homeless people and professionals to provide an updated national picture of hospital admission and discharge practice for patients who are homeless.  It identifies examples of effective working, as well as where improvements still need to be made.

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Young and homeless 2012

Our second report on youth homelessness was published in December 2012. With evidence from 117 homelessness charities and 101 local authorities, we found that youth homelessness has risen. Changes to the welfare system, such as extension of the shared accommodation rate are already having a negative impact on young people's ability to access housing.

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The programmes not working 2012: Employment support and homelessness

Research by Crisis, Homeless Link and St Mungo’s Broadway looking at the experience of homeless people on the Work Programme

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Young and homeless 2011

Our first report on youth homelessness was published in December 2011. Drawing on evidence provided by 79 homelessness charities and 108 local authorities, we highlighted an increase in young people requiring help and outlined the response from local authorities and the homelessness sector. 

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Tackling homelessness and exclusion: Understanding complex lives 2011

This summary highlights the prevalence of mental health issues, traumatic childhood experiences and suicide attempts amongst people accessing low-level homelessness support services. It brings together evidence from a two-year programme of work on 'multiple exclusion' homelessness in partnership with JRF, Economic and Social Research Council, Tenant Services Authority and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Health and wellbeing of people who are homeless: National audit 2010

Our audit of the health needs of 700 people who have experienced homelessness found that eight in ten have one or more physical health need, and seven in ten have at least one mental health problem.

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Better Together: Preventing Re-offending and Homelessness

With input from 400 homelessness professionals and 75 people supported by them, this 2011 report provides homelessness and criminal justice agencies, as well as policy makers and commissioners, an overview of the complex links between homelessness and re-offending, where each can be a cause and a result of the other.

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Debra Hertzberg

Research manager

Debra is research manager at Homeless Link, coordinating research into homelessness and across other areas of social exclusion. 

Telephone: 020 7840 4422
Email: debra.hertzberg@homelesslink.org.uk